The effect of plant domestication on host control of the microbiota

Riccardo Soldan, Marco Fusi, Massimiliano Cardinale, Daniele Daffonchio, Gail M. Preston

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AbstractMacroorganisms are colonized by microbial communities that exert important biological and ecological functions, the composition of which is subject to host control and has therefore been described as “an ecosystem on a leash”. However, domesticated organisms such as crop plants are subject to both artificial selection and natural selection exerted by the agricultural ecosystem. Here, we propose a framework for understanding how host control of the microbiota is influenced by domestication, in which a double leash acts from domesticator to host and host to microbes. We discuss how this framework applies to a plant compartment that has demonstrated remarkable phenotypic changes during domestication: the seed.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCommunications Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 5 2021


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